Raipur: Chief minister Bhupesh Baghel has given instructions to formulate Surface Water Supply Scheme to provide safe drinking water supply to the people in industrial and mining areas including the areas with drinking water problem in the state.
Over-exploitation of groundwater in these areas is making the situation more critical, said Chief Minister. Because of the blasting in mining area, groundwater gets heavily contaminated with heavy metal, and consumption of this water can lead to severe diseases. Chief minister has directed the PHE officials to make arrangements for testing of drinking water for heavy metal contamination.
Chief minister also gave instructions to formulate Surface Water Supply Scheme for Gurur block in Balod district and Dharsiwa of Raipur district, which have been identified as critical blocks, and also for the semi-critical blocks such as Bemetara, Saja, Nawagarh, Berla, Balod, Takhatpur, Bilha, Rajim, Durg, Dhamdha, Patan, Rajnandgaon, Dongargaon, Dhamtari, Kurud, Basna, Pithora, Malkharod, Pandariya, Kawardha, Barmakela and Pusaur.
He said that Narva treatment work for groundwater recharge and water harvesting should to be completed in these blocks on priority, as this would make drinking water supply from surface water more convenient. Chief Minister said that drinking water is supplied from Kharun River in Raipur. He also directed to build water storage structures and to treat the drains of Balod, Dhamtari, Durg, and Patan, Abhanpur areas, to ensure adequate water availability in Kharun River.
Chief minister said that due to the excessive exploitation of groundwater for irrigation in critical and semi-critical development blocks, the water level is going down and the problem of salt water is on rise. To solve and prevent this problem, it is important to pay attention towards harvesting and utilization of surface water. In the meeting, PHE minister Guru Rudrakumar gave detailed information about the state's latest water supply system and the progress of the works under Jal Jeevan Mission.
Secretary Siddharth Komal Singh Pardeshi informed through power point presentation that at present 2,83,653 hand pumps, 4097 Naljal Yojana are functional in the state. Out of which 11,160 hand pumps and 1178 tap water schemes have been implemented in the last two and a half years. Under Minimata Amrit Dhara Yojana, 73,584 domestic tap connections have been provided. Group water supply schemes and tap water supply schemes are being constructed to provide drinking water supply from surface sources in the areas of the state where ground water is not available in sufficient quantity.
Pardeshi informed that under the Jal Jeevan Mission, action is being taken to provide tap connections for clean drinking water supply to 45,48,080 families in rural areas of the state. So far, 5, 66,614 families have been provided tap connections. He said that water supply in 3871 villages would be provided to 8, 61,135 families through the 151 Bahut Gram scheme. He informed that in the current financial year, 22, 14,986 families are targeted to be given free domestic tap connections. Under Jal Jeevan Mission, administrative approval of Rs.3646 crore has been issued for 7279 works and Rs.536.75 crore has been issued for 1176 works. Jal Jeevan Mission has the provision to provide running water facility in Anganwadis, schools, ashram schools and health centers. In the meeting, information was also given about water laboratory for testing drinking water samples and also for the chemical and bacteriological test of drinking water sources.